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seadog93
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I'm sure these are probably easy to find, but does anyone no where to buy the "black serpent eggs" novelty that is used in Andruzzi's effect "Demon Dirt?"
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Dude, you just missed the 4th, and I think you'd have to go out of county. Also, unfortunately, they don't make 'em like they used to.

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My understanding is that the older ones (pharoahs eggs or pharoahs serpents) were made with Mercuric Thiocyanate, and looked better:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIEJvQaOgSE
But Mercury Thiocyanate is very toxic and seems to be very hard to find (at least through simple google searches!)
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Most Pagan supply stores have them, search for 'Cobra Black Snakes' on google and all shall be revealed....
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Wow! Even better than when I was a kid!
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The ones I had here in Sydney in the early eighties were black eggs that when burnt released a large carbon ribbon. It expanded many many times its length, but was more contained than the Mercury Thingy one.
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One thing you need to remember when you are able to get them is that they need to be crushed some before you use them. Not pulverized, mind you, just a light crush (if that makes any sense0

The reason I know is that I'm the one who showed Tony the effect back in 1981. I just had the physical eddect only...no story...nothing, just this ersatz diseased bonsai tree looking thing growing up out of the dust. Tony and another guy, whose name escapes me at the moment came up with the Pazuzu footprint bit that was Demon Dirt.

It hardly ever worked but that's another story. My feelings are that one must never play loose and goosey with pazuzu. He will not be mocked, or made light of.
To add verasity to this statement, a few years ago my good friend Larry White cobbled together a mechanical version of Demon Dirt that I was going to do at an ICBM Gathering. I practiced with it for a couple of weeks. The night before I was to perform this "new and improved" application I was going to practice one more time....and it broke and in such a way that it could not be fixed. Don't toy with Pazuzu!
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On 2010-09-05 08:32, Robin DeWitt wrote:

It hardly ever worked but that's another story.

Eeek! really? I knew about the crushing the eggs, but is this really that temperamental? If so I will have to change the ending of my planned show. I love the effect, but I definitely need something that will work.

Posted: Sep 5, 2010 10:11am
Oh man I'm bummed! I think I can keep the general idea of my ending, but it sounds like I need a new effect.
I'd like to do Charles Cameron's ritual of El Shaitan, but I don't think that complete darkness is realistic.
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The main issue with the new 'safe' ones is successfully lighting them, once they start burning your fine but they sometimes need a flame applied for 5-10 seconds.

I've no idea where they're made but some packs will ignite within seconds, others do not.

One thing I do to ensure a 99% chance of them lighting is to dip the top of the pellet in resin - highly flammable even when cured. The resin will ignite as soon as you apply a flame and the resin will keep burning until the pellet lights...
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What do you mean by resin Dan (apart from, like, uh, resin!).
Is this the stuff my daughter rubs on her violin bow??
(Sorry to be so dumb!)
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Bitumen Smile

I love these eggs...and yes, the small crush gives it a nice boost... but I use about 3-4 to get a cthulhoid effect.
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Does anyone have any great outs for if it totally bombs?
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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People expect what you lead them to believe will happen. If they are not aware of a conjuration taking place in the bowl, they won't miss it if it does not happen.

Strange thing, when conjuring and summoning things from the pits, strange smells may be present or things may move to let you know they are present. (Maybe not the ending you are looking for, but an ending) Of course, sometimes, dark things don't come when you call.


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Hi Docsteve - no problem, the stuff your daughter rubs on her bows will be rosin - the resin I refer to is the 2 part (hardener and resin) stuff used for casting objects typically bi-resin G29 - sets alight even when soaked with water but does not smell. You could also try the 2 part resin glue or even supergluing a few crumbs of BBQ solid lighter fuel - any accelerant will do the job...
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Tony,
good point. I was planning on having some other things happen immediately before that (breeze, cold, falling books and breaking glass: the idea being for the manifestation to begin all around the room and spiral into the focal point). With my presentation none of these things are supposed to happen anyway from the audience point of view, so even if nothing else happens I can still command the demon back to it's pit and have a pretty dramatic ending.
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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